CHICAGO, April 15 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will ask a federal judge in Chicago for permission to travel to Costa Rica to be in a reality TV show, his attorney said.
The impeached and indicted politician agreed to appear on a television show called, ironically, "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here," the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. The survival-style program is scheduled to air beginning June 1 on NBC, and would pay the financially strapped governor weekly until he's voted off. Accounts conflicted about the amount, with a range of $50,000 to $80,000 a week reported.
Before he can finalize the deal, however, Blagojevich needs permission to fly to the set from the federal judge presiding over his corruption trial. Blagojevich's attorney told the judge Tuesday that his client would soon request a loosening of travel restrictions imposed as part his bail, the Tribune said.
NBC describes the show as a competition in which 10 celebrities are deposited in the heart of the jungle "to face fun and comedic challenges designed to test their survival skills." Viewers decide the celebrities' fate and select the challenges that earn food, supplies and luxury items. The last person left is crowned king or queen of the jungle.